August 8, 2008
Volume 13 No. 32

In This Issue

Online Professional Development Courses

Let's Play Math!

Academic Exchange Quarterly


Free Online

For teachers of students in grades 3-5:
Tools for Building Math Concepts

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

For all students:


Online Professional Development Courses

The Math Forum @ Drexel is pleased to announce the fall schedule of online courses moderated by our professional staff:

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process
led by Suzanne Alejandre
August 28 - October 8
Problem Solving Strategies
led by Stephen Weimar
September 4 - October 15
Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week
(PreAlgPoW Focus) led by Suzanne Alejandre
October 2 - November 12
Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week
(FunPoW Focus) led by Claire Mead
October 9 - November 19
Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra
led by Ellen Clay
October 22 - December 2

All courses will take place online using Blackboard Vista (formerly WebCT) or Blackboard. The only technical requirements are a web browser and Internet access.

Current prices for each course start at $149. All individuals who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed 15 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Let's Play Math!

As a homeschool mom who loves math, Denise Gaskins wants to help other homeschoolers see the variety and richness of the subject. Gaskins writes, "I hope this blog will be a place where we can play around with ideas about learning, teaching, and understanding math. (For me, it usually happens in that order.)"

The author homeschools her five children in rural Illinois, having tutored or taught primary- and secondary-level math and physics. Gaskin's blog posts, which date back to April, 2006, include

  • How To Solve Math Problems
  • Writing to Learn Math
  • The Game that is Worth 1,000 Worksheets
  • Free Multiplication Bingo Game
  • Pre-Algebra Problem Solving: 3rd Grade
  • The Golden Christmas Tree
  • How to Teach Math to a Struggling Student
  • The Game of Algebra
  • Fraction Models, and a Card Game
  • Pre-Algebra Problem Solving: The Tools
  • The Mosaic Tile Mystery
  • If It Ain't Repeated Addition, What is It?

Academic Exchange Quarterly

The Academic Exchange Quarterly announces a call for papers on K-16 mathematics education for its Winter 2009 issue. The theme is "Engaging Mathematics Students as Holistic Learners." Submissions are welcome from researchers, teacher action researchers, administrators and graduate students as well as others engaged directly in teaching at the K-16 levels. Read additional requirements here:

See submission guidelines at:


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